• Publication date: May 6, 2010

A true story of friendship and espionage From the best of families they committed the worst of crimes

The Falcon and the Snowman is a drama-thriller about the true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union.

The Falcon and the Snowman is a drama-thriller about the true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union.

The film stars Timoth Hutton as Christopher Boyce, Sean Penn as Daulton Lee, David Suchet as the Russian Operative, and Pat Hingle as Boyce's father. The film is directed by John Schlesinger.

Christopher Boyce is an all-American boy, studying for the priesthood in a seminary. But Boyce decides to drop out of school, and with the help of his father, a FBI agent, he gets a job working for the CIA in a message-routing center. While reading the messages, Boyce is shocked to learn that the CIA is involved in fixing Australian elections. Watching the Watergate hearings on television, he feels an ever-mounting sense of outrage at the arrogance of the U.S. government and decides to do something about it.

Deciding to supply the CIA messages to the Russians, he enlists his childhood friend Daulton Lee to help him. Lee is to deliver the CIA secrets to a Russian operative at the Soviet Embassy in Mexico City. But Lee is an unreliable drug dealer, and his sloppy spy trail leads the two old friends into more trouble than they bargained for.

Rated R

Running time: 131 mins